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Three Products That Can Modernize Your Library

Three products that can modernize your library

Three Products That Can Modernize Your Library

Over the past two years, businesses have been forced to adapt to volatile needs, expectations, and regulations. Libraries have had it no different. In addition to keeping their doors open to communities that faced job loss, remote work, learning adjustments, and hard times, they had to transform their operations to account for new sanitation, social distancing, and safety precautions.

On the bright side, many libraries have looked at this situation as an opportunity to innovate and modernize their libraries. Here are three products that can modernize your library:

High-Density Mobile Shelving

High-density mobile shelving is static shelving on moveable carriages that can slide together, eliminating unoccupied aisle space. This allows libraries to store more books and archives within a smaller footprint without changing the building’s original walls, saving space for other new uses such as new meeting rooms, collaborative workspaces, cafés, study rooms, or technology labs. High-density mobile shelving offers the option of powered, mechanical assist, or manual handle controls for appropriate accessibility, ease of use, and safety for all users.

Northwestern University Library High Density Mobile System
Powered Assist High-Density Mobile System

High-density mobile shelving erases the need to expand storage to an off-site facility. However, if a library already has off-site storage they would like to optimize, they can use floor-to-ceiling high-bay shelving to store and protect special collections.

Smart Lockers

One of the most popular uses of library smart lockers is streamlined book pickup and return. Smart lockers provide 24/7, contact-free book rental and return with easy access and total security. Library members receive a text when their books are ready, and they can open their respective locker with their smartphone or library card to retrieve their books. Smart lockers log every book pickup and return for accurate, automated tracking.

Smart Locker Book Pickup & Dropoff Bank
Smart Locker Book Pickup & Dropoff Bank

Another way libraries can modernize with smart lockers is by providing lockers for patrons to store their personal items while at the library. Patrons can place their drinks, food, and bags in lockers when accessing special collections in order to limit damage to the collection. Libraries can customize the locker design to match the rest of the building’s design and choose a keypad lock to eliminate the need to keep track of physical keys.

A-Frame Shelves

A-frame shelving systems are fully configurable units designed to display and store different media types such as novels, magazines, CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and video games. By design, A-frame shelves encourage browsing and supply additional display space for newly released books and staff favorites.

A-Frame Displays in Library
A-Frame Displays in Library

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What Makes High-Density Mobile Systems So Useful

What Makes High-Density Mobile Systems So Useful

What is High-Density Mobile Shelving?

High-density mobile systems are static shelving on moveable carriages that can slide together, eliminating aisle space and creating extra room for more storage or innovative projects.

There are several types of high-density mobile systems. Standard is the most common and can be found in athletic locker rooms for equipment storage and museums to store special collections. Heavy-duty high-density mobile shelving, common in industrial manufacturing facilities and warehouse spaces, can hold up to 30,000 pounds. Think: standard but greater.

On the other hand, low-profile, considered standard’s “little brother,” can be a great alternative to a renovation or purchasing a new building for additional storage space. When you already have off-site storage, high-bay shelving – designed especially for off-site storage facilities – frees up space at existing buildings while protecting, conserving, and securing important materials from floor to ceiling for long periods of time.

With the various types of high-density mobile shelving, manufactured by Spacesaver in the USA, there come many benefits. We’ve outlined a few of them below.

Mobile Shelving is Collapsible, Saving Wasted Space and Opening Opportunities

The ability to move shelving units as needed enables greater efficiency, productivity, and storage density. By eliminating wasted aisle space required by stationary shelving systems, increased floor space can be used for other initiatives. It also increases storage capacity, allowing more to be stored in less space and minimizing off-site storage which is more expensive due to additional logistics like security and additional staff.

High-Density Mobile Shelving System
High-Density Mobile Shelving System

Mobile Shelving Saves Money

High-density mobile shelving saves organizations tons of money, even over a short time. With more available space, organizations don’t have to expand their real estate footprint, saving them thousands of dollars each month. Additionally, high-density mobile systems allow for improved organization, in turn saving employees time and increasing productivity.

Mobile Shelving is Fully Customizable

High-density mobile systems can be personalized to any organization’s needs. From the dimensions and types of shelving to the material and finish, they can choose a system that best fits their storage needs and integrates with their existing interior design.

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Powered Mobile Storage System

Organizations Can Trust That High-Density Mobile Shelving is Safe

Last – and certainly not least – high-density mobile systems are safe for everyone. With more organization, there is less clutter and therefore fewer safety hazards for employees. Additionally, multiple operating options are available, such as powered and mechanical assist, to move up to 10,000 pounds of shelving with the touch of a button. There are also built-in safety features that sense when a person or object is in an aisle, stopping the carriages from moving.

Learn more about what makes high-density mobile systems so useful. Visit our high-density mobile storage page.

Upgrading a Medical Simulation Center’s Storage

Upgrading a Medical Simulation Centers Storage

A new 15,000 square-foot simulation center at this medical college looks like a typical campus building from the outside, but the interior tells a different story. Instead of large lecture halls, the center offers high-tech simulation rooms complete with hyper-realistic medical equipment, high-fidelity mannequins, and video cameras for training and debriefing.

The ultimate goal is to improve patient care by giving students realistic, hands-on training in medical procedures like providing oxygen therapy and inserting and removing IVs.

Here’s how Spacesaver storage products helped staff and students save space and promote efficiency.

High-Density Mobile Storage

Not all the expensive simulation equipment is in use all the time, so storage was a major concern during the building’s design phase. The architect optimized storage space by designing a large room fitted with a Spacesaver high-density mobile system.

The system allows staff to store mannequins, medical equipment, and other items in about half the space that these items would require on static shelving. Tambour doors at the open end of the system roll down and lock to secure the valuable contents.

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High-density mobile systems in office

Day Use Lockers

Because the staff was so pleased with the high-density system, they contacted the local Spacesaver consultant again when they noticed a storage issue in the debriefing rooms. The debriefing rooms are adjacent to the simulation rooms, and they provide a space for instructors and students to meet before and after practice sessions and tests. No one is allowed to take backpacks or other personal belongings inside the simulation rooms, so students and instructors were leaving these items in their cars or out in the hallways.

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Day-use locker bank used in debriefing rooms for storage

The Spacesaver consultant worked with them to design sleek, sturdy Day Use Lockers in the debriefing rooms to give them a place to stash backpacks, notebooks, and other items before entering the simulation rooms.

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How to Plan for Cold Storage Preservation

How to Plan for Cold Storage Preservation

Coolers and freezers provide the best possible preservation environment for film and a variety of other materials, so they’re essential components of most museum risk management strategies. Cold storage is expensive to build and operate, though, so it’s important to understand the needs of various materials in your collection and carefully plan for the move to cold storage.

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How to Plan & Implement a Move to Cold Storage

Cold storage is expensive storage. You can keep building costs and operating costs down by planning carefully and making the most of every square inch. Here’s how to plan your cold storage space.

  • Assess Collection
    • Identify materials that need cold storage and sort by items that need cold storage, frozen storage, or typical archival storage. Measure the amount of space required to store items that currently need to be maintained in cold storage and frozen storage, and add curators’ estimates for future space needs.
  • Develop a Usage Policy/Procedure
    • Describe how researchers and others will request access to stored materials, who will be entrusted with access to cold storage areas, where and how materials will be acclimated as they are brought into and out of cold storage, and where and how researchers will be allowed to study materials after they’re brought out of storage.
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Cold storage freezer room optimized with high-density mobile shelving systems for twice the amount of storage.
  • Determine Where Items Will Be Stored
    • Smaller collections can be stored in refrigerators or freezers, but be sure to use models that maintain a constant temperature. Medium-sized collections can be stored on shelving or museum cabinets housed in small walk-in coolers. Larger collections are generally stored in compactors housed in purpose-built cold rooms and walk-in freezers.
  • Create a Plan for Moving to Cold Storage
    • Work with vendors to coordinate delivery and installation dates, and determine who will be responsible for scanning (if desired), cataloging, acclimatizing, and moving items. Determine procedures to monitor temperature and relative humidity, and prominently post contact information for vendors in case of equipment malfunction.
  • Optimize Space Within the Cold Room or Freezer
    • Adjust shelving to avoid wasting space between shelves, and use compactors (high-density mobile shelving) to consolidate materials. The more items you can store, the more you’ll save, both in initial building costs (due to a smaller footprint) and in ongoing energy costs (a full cooler or freezer operates more efficiently).
Compact cold storage in museum temperature controlled room
Managing space in your cold storage room is essential to cut costs and store more essential supplies

See how Spacesaver products helped Denver Museum of Nature and Science optimize their cold storage space.

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Sports Equipment Storage at D1 University | Gallery

Sports Equipment Storage at D1 University

Safe and Organized Lockers for Athletic Storage

Spacesaver worked with the University of Oregon to refine and redesign athletic equipment storage areas all around campus, from the new Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center (football equipment room storage as well as storage for baseball, soccer, lacrosse, and tumbling), to the Knight Arena (basketball team storage), to Sanders Stadium (softball team storage).

Oregon Athletics Mobile Storage
University of Oregon high-density mobile storage with display window

Across the University of Oregon campus, Spacesaver has helped create athletic equipment storage systems that protect valuable assets, streamline workflows, and boost team pride. Nowhere is this more evident than at the new Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center, which has been hailed as “a testament to style and function.” The facility features 2.5 miles of Spacesaver drawers and shelving housed in visually stunning Spacesaver compact mobile storage systems.

For many university football teams, the simple days of “home” and “away” uniforms are over. This is particularly true at the University of Oregon, where new uniforms are issued weekly. The team’s equipment managers were struggling to keep up with the thousands of objects they needed to store, retrieve, issue, and collect every week over the course of the season.

Oregon Campus Football Storage Room
Boasting a brand new top-of-the-line facility, the Oregon Football Team is primed to attract new top talent

Thanks to a generous gift from Phil and Penny Knight, staff was able to design a new football storage facility that’s as functional as it is attractive. During numerous planning meetings, the Spacesaver consultant met with the project team to determine the team’s needs, gain an understanding of the planned construction, and help determine how to maximize the available space. Aaron Wasson, director of equipment operations, worked with his staff and the Spacesaver consultant to analyze workflows, measure items that needed to be stored, and estimate future storage requirements. “We spent hundreds of hours designing the Spacesaver systems, how each of those spaces would look and feel, and how they would function,” he said.

University of Oregon Visible Storage Cases
Display shelving for the locker room spirit

Helmets are prepped, stored, and maintained in “The Armory,” a purpose-built room featuring mirrored Spacesaver cabinets mounted on a high-density mobile system. Face masks are stored on Spacesaver shelving concealed behind roll-down doors.

The design team decided to create a mezzanine due to the building’s long and narrow footprint. The ground floor stores items for daily use, while the upper level, which is less frequently accessed, stores surplus items as well as items that will be needed later in the season.

Custom Team Power Touchscreen
Customization is nearly limitless with high-density mobile systems, from powered touchscreens to vinyl graphic wraps

We’ve prepared a lookbook that gives an overview of these projects. Download it below to see how careful planning and attention to detail can create highly functional systems that protect team assets, streamline processes, and boost team pride. Learn more about this project by clicking here.

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If you want to learn how we can transform your sports equipment space into a state-of-the-art facility, contact us online today or call us at 1-800-696-3453.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Space | Mizzou Tigers Athletic Storage

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November Project of the Month: University of Missouri Athletics

Mizzou Tigers Display Wall

Client: Mizzou Tigers

Markets: Athletics

Products: High-Density Mobile Storage, Metal Shelving, Athletic Locker Rooms

A Need for Customized Efficiency

Mizzou is a team with a history that dates all the way back to 1890. Their storage had rarely seen any big change, especially since their success on the field was always the first priority. But when the new equipment manager finally had a chance to make a change coming into Mizzou, he already had a plan in mind. Having come from the University of Louisville, where they had installed Spacesaver products for their locker room storage, he knew exactly what he wanted, so he called Bradford Systems. He explained how their current Wenger Mobile Carts just weren’t cutting it. They were hard to pull and couldn’t hold everything they needed it to. Moreover, Mizzou’s athletic storage was sorted by storage type, making it a huge hassle to prepare gear for practice and game days.
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Project of the Month: St. Louis Blues, Enterprise Center

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Making More Space for One of the Oldest Names in the NHL


Client: St. Louis Blues, Enterprise Center
Market: Athletic

Founded in 1967, the St. Louis Blues Hockey Club is one of the most well-known and well established names in the NHL. Named for the W.C. Handy Song “Saint Louis Blues,” the team has called the Enterprise Center “home” since 1994, after several moves and getting close to relocating completely!

The Enterprise Center, located in the heart of Downtown St. Louis, is a 12 story glass and concrete building that houses not only the St. Louis Blues, but also provides a full range of programs including ice shows, sporting events and concerts.

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Project of the Month: Walter E. Deuchler Associates

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Mobile Storage & Seamless Shelving for 102 Years’ Worth of Engineering History


Client: Walter E. Deuchler Associates 
Market: Corporate
 May 2018

Walter E. Deuchler Associates, located in Aurora, Il., offers a full of spectrum of services across civil, structural, electrical and environmental engineering. As a full service engineering partner, Deuchler provides the team you need with the experience, knowledge and solutions to help plan and execute your project.

With integrity and excellence in mind, Deuchler knows that greatness starts with treating people well and creating the kind of solutions that make a real difference – this goes for their employees too.

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Project of the Month: O’Fallon Police Department


We covered all the bases, using storage solutions ranging from employee and evidence lockers to mobile record shelving and armory storage.


Client: O’Fallon, Missouri PD
Market: Public Safety
 December 2017

When the O’Fallon, Missouri Police Department began planning for a new Justice Center, one which would house and facilitate all police and court functions, they knew they had a many space and storage considerations at hand. Their city had experienced fast growth, and they wanted a facility that could keep pace for decades to come.

They had worked with Spacesaver before, who involved our team at the onset of the planning phase. This relationship allowed us to optimize space with the right mix of storage solutions and keep costs low.

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Bradford Systems Breathes New Life Into Grant Thornton Offices

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“An instinct for growth.” Grant Thornton epitomizes its slogan. Founded in Chicago in 1924, Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world’s leading organizations in independent audit, tax, and advisory firms. Today, the company boasts more than 50 offices across the nation, with more than 500 partners and 6,000 employees. Together, that massive workforce manages a revenue exceeding $1 billion.

With figures like these, you can imagine the piles of paperwork. Struggling to find a place for all of their documents, Grant Thornton called in Bradford Systems to remedy their storage situation in Manhattan and Chicago and turn their offices into a modern oasis.


High-Density Mobile Shelving

Following our successful installation of Spacesaver high-density filing systems in its Midtown Manhattan office, the company invited us to do the same for its Chicago headquarters. Working with Grant Thornton’s project managers and A&D team, we designed a network of Spacesaver high-density shelving systems and stationary shelving across the four-story office and storage space.

Thanks to Spacesaver’s universally slotted shelving, Grant Thornton can easily add and change components, including full- height bin dividers, bin fronts, file dividers, drawers, doors, etc., which allows the company to adapt to the future and continue to grow.


Modular Casework

Another important solution to Grant Thornton’s storage and file management needs came in the form of modular casework from Hamilton Casework Solutions. The Bradford Systems team installed a customized arrangement of casework, including utility workrooms, day lockers, and copy and mail centers throughout its four floors. Hamilton Casework Solutions is recognized around the world for its modular and flexible casework, and it also offers a unique tax advantage, as it can be depreciated over seven years, rather than 32 years or more.


Midwest Leaders in Storage Solutions

Grant Thornton’s project manager explained

“Bradford Systems is one of our favorite vendors. The casework that we installed in New York that wasn’t provided by Bradford is already delaminating. I want to utilize Bradford’s casework wherever possible.”

That’s a strong endorsement, and one of many such testimonials we work harder than anyone else to earn. But don’t just take their word for it. Learn about our tailored products and service made to order, and designed to fit your company’s needs and budget. Contact our team today and see what we can do for you.